“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
“You are a child of God.
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were made to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
“It’s not in some of us, it’s in everyone.
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson
This quote hangs on the door of my wardrobe, which I see numerous times throughout the day. For many years, I heard the first few lines of this quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” But only since joining Peace Corps have I really dwelt on the entirety of this quote. What it means, really.
I see so much truth in these words. There is a thin line between truth and pride; between doing what you are capable of doing and showing off. Everyone is talented in one thing or another, and sometimes using that talent feels like we’re doing something wrong. That we’re giving our egos a boost.
In reality, God has given us each gifts, and those gifts are meant to be used. Too many times, we are frightened to use them.
Who am I?
All too often, we hide away our gifts. We give into a shame that is imposed on us subconsciously. We are afraid to shine, to exceed, to let loose and share our passions and talents. Maybe we think we are being noble, that by diminishing our own capabilities, we allow others to flourish. Sometimes, that’s true. Other times, we talk ourselves out of sharing our God-given gifts. And as Marianne Williamson so eloquently says, “there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you.”
Let your light shine. Give it your all! Are you a beautiful singer? Belt it out. Do words flow ceaselessly from you mind through your pen? Write away, friend. Does teaching bring you joy? Find a child and teach from your heart. Do you have a burning passion for a cause? Share it with everyone you know.
There is nothing shamefully or boastful about serving in the way God created you to serve. Pray, seek His direction, and throw your heart and soul into your work. Show the world what you’ve got. Maybe someone is in desperate need of what you have to offer.
Don’t let your fears get the best of you. Don’t let the enemy trick you into thinking you aren’t good enough. You are. Let your light shine and share the glory of God within you. Embrace the light. Embrace that you, yes you, are powerful beyond measure.
Don’t give into your fears. Because, friend, you are more powerful than you could ever imagine. Let it show.